Cold Nose Winter Ale | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Cold Nose Winter AleCold Nose Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cold Nose Winter Ale, an American twist on an old beer style the Old Ale style of beer. We brew this beer with plenty of malt and hops then dry hop for that American style winter brew, this is the beer to warm you up after working or playing outside and perhaps getting your nose cold.

Added by woemad on 11-08-2007

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by Overlord:
Photo of Overlord
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for the extra!

Pours brown with a quarter inch of tan foam that quickly dies. Kind of an ugly semi-translucent brown color.

Smells like peated malt, a bit of ... char? ...weird ... and not much else. Maybe a hint of some sort of indeterminate spice.

Tastes like it went bad, but I notice a few other reviewers noting the same thing. Kind of an astringent, grain-y charred alcohol finish. Very, very unpleasant. The base beer is a fairly bland slightly earthy, nutty choco malt.

Too flat and thin.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from a Christmas gift basket from brother Bob--thanks! Dark prurple ruby red (black at eye level) body, hevy with uneven brown head in a Chimay glass--this beer is not messing around! A perfect five appearance is lost to a sloppy, inconsistent lacing... intriguing balance of malts and hops--forms a grapelike, citrusesque aroma... something astringent afloat here... somewhat creamy mouthfeel... medium-bodied with an effervescent soda rush when chewed, smooth otherwise... a uniquely acidic presence: like beechwood and merlot had a lovechild(!)... as the glass drains, the alcoholic blow softens to a rather smoky finish, as a port would.... Cold Nose stands out from other winter ales I've sampled with its daring balance and uniquely complex character... the strength of hops rise as the beer drains, offering an IPA-type pleasure... a nice introduction to beers from Idaho!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Laughing Dog- Cold Nose

A- Deep ruddy brown with a thich fizzy cola head. Decent head retention with a filmy lacing.
S- Spicy nutmeg, molasses, brown sugar, and pine.
T- Pine/ spruce hops prominate with a nice spicy warm nutmeg, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and plum flavors.
M- Hoppy up front with a good creamy warming malt body. Finishes off creamy and warming.

Overall- Big warm flavors. This 1 fits the Winter Warmer Style nicely.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Idaho beer, thanks to msubulldog25. Pours a deeply dark brown with burgundy hints, Head is light brown like a toasted marshmallow, though it doesn't stick around very long, crowning the glass in a matter of seconds.

Nose is less obviously spiced than many other Winter Warmers. Malty as hell, but with a twist. Molasses, maple and peat give a comforting, robust smell.

Drinks like a Scotch Ale, having a lingering smoke/peat mellowness with a dab of char in the finish. Hints of grape soda pop up, with a light nuttiness emerging as it warms. Hops are there, but veiled by the interesting and dominant malt action. Burnt flavor in the finish is just a little too prevalent over time.

Definitely an original take on this style, but they could have labelled it a Porter or Scotch Ale without many but the most experienced beer geek noticing.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's an intriguing candy and bubblegum aroma, almost Belgian in character. Long spicy and bitter aftertaste, tasty if you're into hops. Definitely reminds me of an English ale for the earthy hops element. The malts have a subtle roasted barley and cocoa character that's met by a big citrus punch followed by the more herbal tones. This is a nice mix of roasty malts and sharp hops. Recommended for people who dig dark, bitter beers.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Cakeyness, cinnamon & brown sugar

T: Cakey, herbal hops, dryness & spruce tips up front. Toasty malt. a touch of pecan & caramel & some coffee grinds as this warms. Finishes with astrigent grainyness, with a bit of brown bread, & brown sugar, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, with low carbonation, well balanced

Drinks pretty easy, a decent winter warmer, just was a tad too astrigent to really get into

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to ThirstyHopHead for including this as an extra.

Burnt cherry in appearance and topped with two fingers worth of toffee colored head

Hot spicy hops, quite vinous, cinnamon and a light dusting of brown sugar. Malt presence is sweet and roasty but rather subdued and allows the hops to take an agrressive overall stance.

Very spicy, tart, astonishingly bitter but not from the hops. This beer is so roasty it almost tastes burnt. Cinnamon, brown sugar, licorice, nutmeg and prunes. Lots of complexity, tastes almost like one of those winter wines that you can buy in the basements of shopping malls, the difference here of course being the mouthfeel. Soft carbonation, astringent, slightly medicinal aftertaste that firms up the beer and makes it seem more bubbly than it really is. Reminds me a bit like the aftertaste of apple cider and the taste reminds me a bit of it as well.

Not sure how I feel about this, seems a bit overdone in the taste department, a bit too spicy for its own good which seems to cloud the sweeter, maltier aspects of this beer.

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Photo of isualum12
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying how much I am in love with Laughing dog brewing. They are one of the best in the northwest in a crowded field.

look- Nice looking with a dark brown tone. close to zero visablity. The head looks good at first but quickly leaves you looking for it.

smell- Lots of hops
taste- There is a lot of hops showing on this where I didn't expect it. Its not a black IPA but it kinda feels like one..
feel- lots of activity in the mouth.
overall- Not my fav. I am not a big fan of it all. I was testing it for a Christmas beer party it won't make my list.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$1.50/12oz at the Boise Coop. Enjoyed from a red wine glass.

Dark brown pour with a huge beige head. Mmmm smell the hops from here.

Aroma is piney and caramel malts with an earthy undertone. The smell is big hops... I now that this bottle is fresh.

Fantastic chocolate malt sided with lite caramel ... great bitterness to match. I swear I can taste a hop cone or two... good hop oils ... with a big enough body that I only want one more... tonight.

I have had my fair share of the Cold Nose and am very impressed. This brewery is continually impressing me. Devil Dog is great. Huckleberry Cream is one of my favorite all time fruit beers (traditionally I don't appreciate fruit beers). If you get a chance, enjoy this off of a tap; the bottles are really great but fresh is better. Saying that, Laughing Dog is really hitting a stride with their bottling line. Keep it up!

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another anticipated brewery first courtesy of Mr. Idaho himself, JohnGalt1.

Cute label featuring the brewery's resident lab, Benny. He looks more heroic then brave really. Probably just got done dragging a couple frostbitten survivors out of the wilderness when on his way into work. Or maybe he ate an extra chewy squirrel & just took the most satisfying dump of his life. Either way, he's happy. :)

Beer poured into my newly acquired Pisgah pint glass. I've been breaking a lot of glasses lately, & this one seems sturdy enough not to crack under the weight of its contents.

A dark, oily brown, with glimmers of hope creeping through the edges. A huge, densely packed tan head towers over the beer. Nitro without the nitro.

Smell is such a luscious mix of lactose, cream, & vanilla. Almost how I like my coffee: one part black, one part cream, six parts milk. :P Hop profile is resiny & little spicy, but it all but barely peeks over the windowsill until it warms past 55f. It smells very savory once it's all in the right place.

Well finally getting around to drinking the damn thing, I grab awkwardly with my opposite hand & almost lose my grip. Eek!

Tastes of a lightly roasted hazelnut coffee & the obligatory cream(to me anyways). A touch of smoke & a little brown sugar. A prickly, pinch of hops nips at the sides of my tongue, while also oozing out an extra touch of earthy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is certainly creamy(thesaurus, STAT!), but at the same time a bit thin. Carbonation is mild, & since it isn't sticky or anything of the sort, it just runs straight through. Not quite big enough for this cold winter season.

This drinks easy, real easy. No real spices, no stoutly roastedness, small in body, but mighty tasty flavor. I could almost classify it as a schwarzbier if my opinion meant anything more then what you see right here. Traders, I love me a good schwarz by the way. :)

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful oak brown with golden highlights and a two-finger creamy khaki head that holds for a good while, leaving behind some beautiful lacing.

Aroma of caramel and light toasted malts. hints of butterscotch and toffee malt create an almost pastry or snickerdoodle like aroma.

Taste is heavy on the malt, although a lighter and fresher malt profile than many winer warmers. Crackers, yeasty, dough and sugar cookies. Maple syrup, almonds, and hazelnuts work their way into the mix. Some hops finish it off nicely without too much bittering. very pleasant on the whole.

Medium body with good carbonation and fairly smooth. Easy to drink, and the almost 7% alcohol is entirely undetectable.

Definitely worth picking some up to sample. While it's a bit less hopped than the average winter warmer and has significantly less dark malt, it's a wonderful addition to the winter warmer rotation. I'm sure I'll pick up a few more before the season has ended.

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Photo of Greasyregs
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great winter brew that has lots of hops - yum. The two previous reviewers said it all.

I especially liked the fact that Laughing Dog kept this brew full bodied without the usual winter ale sweetness. Nice balance of hops and malt.

Keep it up LD!!

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with orangeish/reddish hues. A creamy tan cover leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of caramel with a mild minty, piney, spicy hop touch.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with piney, herbal/spicy hops. The malt and hops keep their own complexities and complement one another well. Leans towards the medium-to-dark maltiness, as expected for a winter warmer, but with a complex hop touch that balances it and adds depth of flavor. Semi-sweet turns to a dryish, bitterish finish.

It hits full-bodied, with a slight tingle of carbonation. It is smooth. A nice, long aftertaste lingers.

This is a winter warmer that shows sweet malt and bitter hops that converge well. Certainly "drinkable", it's a malt-forward with a complex hop backing that is sure to please in the cold of winter. Certainly a nice change-up with the use of hops to give a wintery spicing rather than actual spices. A winter warmer with a hop kick done well! NICE!

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Photo of Gilgemesh
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm begining to enjoy these winter warmers. As a fan of the Old Ales these are like having Old Ale light with a bit of spicyness. Especially with the snow outside. On to the review.

A- A nice Dark brown color. The head is about 1.5 fingers and lingers nicely. The lacing is good as well.

S- A good spicy smell. There's hints of Fruit, sweet malts and pine as well as a noticeable hoppy after-odor. It's like smelling pie.

T- Dried fruit, apricots perhaps, with a hint of spicyness before the hops get you. Big bitter hoppy finish that lingers nicely.

M- Medium bodied and well rounded with a bitterness that gets you on the way out.

D - I like the bitter hoppyness. It smacks you a bit which is needed on those cold nights in front of the fireplace. I'd get a sixer of this sometime if it was available. Good on you Idaho.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown in color with a thick fluffy 2" tan colored head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and floral hop bitterness are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, hint of chocolate, some spiciness, molasses, and a hearty bitterness are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this is lighter in body than expected so it goes down pretty quickly. Not a bad beer and a few of these could be had in a session.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kuhfusslager
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got the beer on tap at Union Jacks, outside philly. It smelled very spicey, and semi hoppy. The drinkability is average, But the taste was very good. I was at the bar with three of my friends and two of them disliked it and my friend and i thought it was very good.

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Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark red-brown hue, heavy on the red. Body is haze-free and has a nice effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy tan foam which didn't seem to hang around too long. The color is quite beautiful, though.

Smell: sweet malt underneath, but the main aroma is of harsh, resiny hops. It's a bit too prickly for my taste.

Taste: good old ale malt character like dates and tobacco; a nice, light ashiness is in there as well. However, the hops are just too raspy and distracting.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I couldn't really get into this beer. It has some redeeming qualities, but it lacks balance or finesse.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish amber, slightly carbonated with an off white lacing head.

The bouquet had nice malty notes with hints of cloves and alspice. Just a trist of chocolate on the back-nose. This transladed well to the taste as I got the feeling I was drinking a nice cross between a belgian winter ale and an english spiced ale. I got the spices but I picked up hints of dried fig during the second and third sips. Nice dry tartness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is good and the body was closer to an english brown, a bite lighter than I was anticipating. This is a tasty that is great from a cold night!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger thick/creamy tan head, with some nice creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice notes of toffee/chocolate. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, with some licorice, nice touch of toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, recommended. Thanks Toby.

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Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a deep dark brown with 1/4 inch of tan foam

S - aroma of dried fruit, sweet malts and piney hops

T - dried fruits, bananas and spices, with a nice hoppy finish

M/D - Nice spicy taste and carbonation, mouthfeel is decent, as it warms I like it less. There is something about this one that I just don't like.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle split amongst myself and two others at a small winter-themed tasting. Review is from my notes; 2010 vintage.

It pours a clear brown color with faded cream-colored head; it fades at a moderate pace and leaves more lacing than anticipated. It smells of overpowering mint. Taste is the same, prominently mint with some other herbs breaking through; faint malt and some clove and barley are barely detectable. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth save for a slight caramel texture to it; this particular bottle seemed undercarbonated. The mint is far to strong for me to drink more than one of these.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. First time I had heard of this beer, which may supersede LD's Holiday Ale (it was conspicuous by it's absence). The label features an illustration of a yellow Lab wearing a red scarf, with a snow flake seemingly poised on it's nose. No freshness date or abv listed on the label, but it's a new seasonal beer, so it wouldn't take Einstein to figure out it was probably brewed fairly recently.

This poured a cola color into a SA glass. An inch of tan foam formed and took several minutes to drop. Moderate amount of lace.

The nose is hoppy, but with a strong malt backbone. There's a bit of spiciness evident but it is much more in the background. Not nearly as spicy or sweet smelling as the Holiday Ale, which smelled somewhere between a pumpkin pie and fruitcake in the holiday spice pantheon.

The taste begins with a hop zap that is immediately matched by an equal maltiness. There's a kind of juniper/spruce tang to this that sits in the background. More crisp than the Holiday Ale.This reminds me of a hoppy pale ale, but with the malts dialed up higher.

Prickly, slightly oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

A decent winter beer, and perhaps more sessionable for most than the Holiday Ale. I liked LD's Holiday Ale and found it to be an interesting take on the style, but some found it too sweet, and I think this would be right up their alley. Me, I like both, and I hope that while LD continues with this beer, they don't give up on the other one.

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